‘For the SMALL of It’ at SHY RABBIT, holiday hours

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts will remain open throughout the holiday weekend — Friday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Regular gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

SHY RABBIT’s current exhibition, “For the SMALL of It”, continues to attract a large number of local and out-of-town visitors. This expansive exhibition continues through Jan. 17, featuring nearly 100 finely-crafted, original works of art by 15 local, regional and nationally-recognized artists.

The artworks on display are intended to encourage us to slow down and contemplate the small things. “For the SMALL of It” includes unique sculptural and functional ceramics, paintings, limited edition woodcuts and etchings, monoprints, and photography. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Featured artists are: Randy Au, California; Michael D. Barnes, Illinois; Debra Blair, New Mexico; Marti Bledsoe, Texas; Denise Coffee, Colorado; D. Michael Coffee, Colorado; Sarah Comerford, Colorado; Ron Fundingsland, Colorado; Jean Gumpper, Colorado; Karl Isberg, Colorado; Shaun Martin, Colorado; Al Olson, Colorado; Brad Schwieger, Ohio; Christopher St. John, New Mexico; and Jill Sykes, California.

These artists were invited to submit works small to them, relative to their normal workings, for inclusion in “For the SMALL of It.” These works were to represent or embody the characteristics of their larger work, only in a scaled down version.

Many of the artists featured in “For the SMALL of It” embraced the challenge of creating new work specifically for the exhibition that was personal to them and their working process. This work became more intimate, belonging to and characterized by their deepest nature.

Several of these artists found sanctuary in the creative process involved in working smaller, and expressed that they gained an added sense of clarity.

SHY RABBIT’s 2009 exhibition schedule will kick off with “Portraits,” March 14–April 18. This invitational portraiture exhibition will feature works in varying media by select local, regional and nationally-recognized artists.

A number of WORK-shops @ SHY RABBIT are also being offered in 2009 for those looking to expand upon their skills and/or to learn new ones. Offerings include Basic Ceramic Techniques & Hand-building, Ceramics from the Potter’s Wheel I and Printmaking without a Press I (all introductory), and are instructed by professional artist D. Michael Coffee.

For more information on WORK-shops @ SHY RABBIT, visit the SHY RABBIT Web site at www.shyrabbit.com and click on the Workshops link. For more information on D. Michael Coffee, visit www.dmcarts.com.

Operating as a social mission-based enterprise, SHY RABBIT is interested in strengthening our creative economy and improving the quality of life in our community. SHY RABBIT’s mission is to promote, teach, and nurture the creation of and appreciation for contemporary arts.

One of SHY RABBIT’s most heartfelt goals is to enable those who would not have the opportunity or the resources otherwise to participate in high quality ceramic and printmaking workshops hosted by SHY RABBIT. Another important goal is to help artists, who may not have the resources available to them, to purchase the supplies needed for the creation of their work.

In addition, SHY RABBIT would like to afford artists the opportunity to attend one of their long distance opening receptions by paying a portion of their travel expenses. SHY RABBIT believes that interaction with the public is an important part of an artist’s professional development, and that it builds self-confidence and a better understanding of one’s viability in the marketplace. Personal introduction to the public is also of great benefit to potential collectors interested in knowing more about an artist’s working process and philosophies.

In pursuit of these goals, SHY RABBIT created a scholarship and funding program called the SHY RABBIT ARTAdvantage Program, designed to expand upon the benefits it currently offers in arts education. Funds are provided by SHY RABBIT in conjunction with a group of generous supporters who also believe that art has the ability to change and improve the quality of our lives.

Implementation of the SHY RABBIT ARTAdvantage Program began in the fall of 2008. Several individuals have received either full or partial funding for workshop participation to date, with many more applicants to follow in 2009.

If you would like to apply for participation in the SHY RABBIT ARTAdvantage Program, or if you know of anyone that you feel would benefit by participation, contact Denise Coffee at 731-2766 or e-mail shyrabbit01@aol.com for information and an application.

“Museums of art will not make a country an art country. But where there is the art spirit there will be precious works to fill museums. Better still, there will be the happiness that is in the making. Art tends towards balance, order, judgment of relative values, the laws of growth, the economy of living — very good things for anyone to be interested in.” — “THE ART SPIRIT: Robert Henri (1865-1929) Notes, Articles, Fragments of Letters and Talks,” compiled by Margery Ryerson.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard. For more information on SHY RABBIT, please visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766. For more information on “For the SMALL of It,” visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.

Photo courtesy SHY RABBIT
For the SMALL of It continues at SHY RABBIT with holiday hours, featuring 100 finely crafted works of art by 15 select local, regional and national artists.